Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Man at Glenn Beck rally unwittingly spells out "OBAMA" at World War II Memorial

I took these pictures at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally Saturday. This man covers up the exact right letters of ALABAMA to spell OBAMA with the help of the large wreath above.

Nice work, conservative guy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alveda King and Republican Affirmative Action

I'm going to Glenn Beck's gigantic rally at the National Mall on Saturday. If you think it's in bad taste for him to have the rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and to speak from the Lincoln Memorial as King did, don't worry, because you're wrong.

Alveda King, niece of MLK, Jr., is one of the scheduled speakers at this event, completely owning anybody who thinks Glenn Beck is showing tremendous disrespect for Dr. King by co-opting the setting and imagery associated with King's legendary speech in a disgusting effort to associate himself with King, and the Tea Party movement with the civil rights movement, in people's minds.

Alveda King with Mike Huckabee in 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.)

Alveda King is one of the few people who benefit from both major forms of Republican affirmative action:
1. The openly endorsed affirmative action for the relatives of rich and important people that gets people like George W. Bush into Ivy League schools and 2. The hypocritical affirmative action for blacks in the Republican Party, due to severe underrepresentation, that gets people like Michael Steele prominent positions. This kind of affirmative action is not acknowledged because it's exactly the kind of affirmative action Republicans officially oppose. This is also one of the only situations in the United States where Jews actually benefit from this type of affirmative action as well.

Though King would have almost definitely been an opponent of the Tea Party and disagreed with almost all of their official and unstated planks, Beck believes you can't ignore that one of the many members of King's extended family is willing to work on behalf of the Tea Party and the GOP for a shitload of money.

So really this rally isn't that bad. Definitely no worse than pretending to know what the founding fathers would think about NAFTA and net neutrality.

Unaired Seinfeld joke

From Wikipedia about the fifth episode of the show: "This episode contains the first Seinfeld reference to Superman, which would be a recurring feature in later episodes in the series. An earlier draft of the episode featured Jerry arguing that in a nuclear holocaust, when everyone is very depressed, Superman could cheer everyone up with his "super humor". George responded by saying that no-one would laugh because they would blame Superman for not stopping the holocaust in the first place.[2]"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sort of featured on Shilling Me Softly

Shilling Me Softly, a blog dedicated to making people realize how absolutely horrible and destructive an idea law school is, displayed a Gawker comment of mine. I'm a "featured commenter" on Gawker, which is nice. I'm working on getting that status on Gizmodo because a lot more people read the articles on Gizmodo and I like the stuff they write about.

Shilling Me Softly made a post about an out-of-touch Gawker article about public interest law. Gawker often shows a lack of understanding of the legal world in their articles about quirky legal stories, which is understandable because it's not something that a layperson should be expected to be interested in. SMS showed some of the responses to the article that they found interesting, including one of mine. Here is what they wrote followed by my reprinted comment:

"Jeremy Peter Green" explodes the misconception that procuring a public interest job has always been a cakewalk:
You're just fueling the myth that public interest jobs are relatively easy to get. Public interest jobs are very hard to get! And environmental, civil rights, constitutional, and international law jobs are virtually non-existent in the sense that new law students mean. One of the reasons so many people are going to law school and ending up jobless and in gigantic debt is because they think they can get some 60k job helping people that nobody else wants because of the low pay. Completely wrong. 

Why the Cordoba House shouldn't be built

Well, the thing is, relatives of the victims of the attacks, when they visit the memorial, will be devastated that the abandoned Burlington Coat Factory building is gone and that instead there's a Muslim community center far enough away that you can't actually see it from Ground Zero, but is still in the general area!

Update: Gah, apparently some people can't tell I'm joking.

Friday, August 20, 2010

North Korea Tweets

The videos being posted on North Korea's Twitter are pretty cute. "I uploaded a YouTube video -- [무용]-우리는 조국의 수호자 행복의 창조자- http://youtu.be/eYAZ9iRyu4c?a"  This one has an elaborate brownshirt dance.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fire Drill

"The fire drill is over. Everybody can go into the apartment building." --Somebody speaking through an intercom I didn't know I had about the fire drill I must have slept through.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Overheard in New York: Manhole Explosion

In this quote on Overheard in New York from a few years ago, I was the inquisitive teen and my friend Max submitted it. The fireman was a pretty archetypal blue collar outer borough type. It was pretty funny. I didn't even realize until now that 800 other people had also had a chance to think so!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lucid Dream, Inception

Last night I had the first lucid dream I can remember having in years. And as soon as I realized I was dreaming, I thought, "Whoa, this is like in Inception!" And I woke up pretty soon after. I don't remember much about it at all.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boris at the 9:30 Club

Boris, the Japanese experimental/metal band, at the 9:30 Club tonight was pretty fun. I honestly find some of their slow songs pretty boring, but other songs of theirs are great. I don't normally listen to metal either. They were interesting to see live and it was neat.

The drummer banging the shit out of a large gong, swathed in light.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Amsterdam Falafelshop is very good and its falafel probably beat Max's. I don't know what processed animal those balls are made of but it's very good and makes me glad not to be a vegetarian!